Festive Cottage Pie

Tinsel glistening, lights twinkling, bucks fizz flowing – it must be December!  Friends (and enemies) of mine know that each year I make it my mission to try as many Christmas sandwiches from the supermarkets as I can.  I just enjoy the novelty of it – how are they going to cram Christmassy cheer between…

Black Forest Chocolate Mousse

There’s something indescribably kitsch about a black forest gâteau.  Endless flavours have been paired with chocolate over the years, but cherry seems a particularly contradictory one.  While oranges and strawberries have a bright freshness, the dark richness of cherries should drag the already rich chocolate into decadent depths from which it struggles to ascend.  Certainly,…

Haggis Meatballs with Glenfiddich Gravy

Burns Night is approaching, and I don’t know why, but I always feel compelled to find something new to do with haggis in preparation for the day.  Alas, I’m not Scottish, but one doesn’t need to be to appreciate that haggis and scotch together are one of life’s great taste experiences.  It’s a shame haggis…

Mulled Guinness

Yep, you read that right.  What started as a joke last weekend while I was on a lovely, wintery pub crawl quickly grew into an idea.  Warm alcohol is such a staple of this season, and feels so wonderfully comforting.  Mulled wine reigned supreme for many years, and mulled cider has made great gains in…

Vegan Sundried Tomato and Garlic Rolls

  Pastry wrapped around a filling is a winning combination in basically every form, and one of the most successful and persistent in the UK has always been the humble sausage roll, recently “discovered” by Americans calling it a “puff dog.”  Whether from Gregg’s, a nice old pub, or at a brilliantly beige buffet spread…

Pan Seared Chicken with Chorizo Sauce

There are some pairings that just work in life to bring you joy.  Chocolate and roses, fireworks and a warm blanket, Chaz and Dave.  Among them, of course, is the brilliant pairing of chicken and chorizo.  While chicken is incredibly popular and largely considered quite versatile, it also comes with significant drawbacks – particularly its…

Chicken Katsu (with quick tonkatsu sauce)

I often marvel at how certain ingredients that were considered totally fringe and specialist a few years ago are not readily available in pretty much any large supermarket in the UK.  I remember spending ages searching my local Tesco growing up for ghee when I first discovered Indian cooking, and for the life of me couldn’t find…

Honey Nut Fried Chicken

Comfort food is called that for a reason – that edible warm-hug feeling you get along with all the happy memories they bring.  Well, goodness knows this has been a year where we need some comfort and joy.  Comfort foods come in all shapes and sizes, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a list…

Ginger Ale Battered Fish with Tartar Sauce

What do they eat on Fridays at the nuclear power plant? Fission Chips. *Pause for applause…3…2…1* Fish and chips – the quintessential British seaside meal.  Delicious fish fillets kept moist and flavourful thanks to its crispy batter coating alongside chunky chips, mushy peas and doused in salt and vinegar.  Beer batter is often the go-to,…

Pumpkin and Goats Cheese Pasties

That wonderful time of year is upon us again!  While the days might be getting shorter and colder, that’s no reason to despair.  There’s a real joy to rediscovering those coats you haven’t seen in months, embracing scarves and beginning to smell the smoke of chimneys around once more.  It’s also a time to enjoy…